7th July 2013

Around the head of Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 10.00am to 1.40pm
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 500 ft (ish)
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - River Derwent - Longthwaite - Stonethwaite - Strands Bridge - Seathwaite - Seatoller - Allerdale Ramble - Tongue Gill - Rosthewaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

There are actually two car parks right next to each other in Rosthwaite. One is the official car park and this is reflected in the pay and display price. The other one is simply a number of parking spaces adjoining Rosthwaite Village Hall which has a honesty box on the wall of the building.
I know which one I'd rather give my money to.


Route Map

They must have ran out of weed killer before they had a chance to do the left hand side of the road.

Yew Tree Farm.

Grange Fell and King's How.

"If you could just pretend to fall in that would give me a good action shot"

High Spy and Castle Crag seen from Longthwaite.

I ope there's nowt come'n t'other way.

Peat Howe.

Stonethwaie church.

From the main Borrowdale Road we followed this farm track for a while before turning off to pick up the footpath to Seathwaite. Ahead of us you can see Base Brown.

There's a bit more blue sky now and the temperature was rising to a very nice summer heat.

Seathwaite in front of Base Brown.

A long distance view back towards Borrowdale proper.


Walking through the farm yard. If every person that walked through here gave me just £1 I could pack in work and have even more time to get out for walks. Actually; even if this was the case I probably wouldn't walk much more often than I do now but at least I'd then have the luxury of choice.

Looking back through the farm yard to see Seathwaite Fell, , , , after thinking about it for a while I just can't see a good reason for calling it Seathwaite Fell.

this looks like a nice comfortable spot to sit and have something to eat.

Two of the Yurts found in the area. Camping in a normal tent for more than a day or two doesn't appeal to me but I could happily spend a week in one of these; particularly if the weather was like this.


Walking up Seatoller main street. The clock above the door says it's almost half past four which was completely wrong as it was just past midday when I took this picture.

Looking back down to Seatoller.

That way takes you to Honister Pass. Although, I think I'm correct in saying this used to be part of the original pass.

Looking ahead to Castle Crag. Although, before walking that far, we turned off to the right and headed back down to the valley.

How green is my valley !!

It's hardly surprising but the becks are all looking quite dry at the moment. That's not to say I want the rain to come along and fill them up again.

Heading back down to Borrowdale. The group of buildings you can see is Rosthwaite. The rocky looking fell above that is Great Crag with Ullscarf in the distance and Eagle Crag on the right of the picture.

Castle Crag on the left and King's How / Grange Fell straight ahead.

New Bridge, just outside Rosthwaite.

"what do you want"
"something cold"
"an ice cream or a drink"
"how about an ice cream and a drink"







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Lake District Walks